Hida

Our E-Bike Tour Wins Top 10 Experiences in Japan of TripAdvisor 2019 Travelers’ Choice Award

We are happy to share this big news! Just a couple days ago, one of our tours named “1-Day Rural E-Bike Tour in Hida” was certified as one of top 10 experiences in Japan of TripAdvisor 2019 Travelers’ Choice Award. The award winners are selected based on millions of reviews and opinions collected for a year on TripAdvisor. There are various categories such as hotel, beach and experience. We wins one of the top 10 experiences in Japan announced last week. Our tour took 8th place of 10. Different from other 9 tours, this bike tour is the only one held in non-touristy part of Japan, which is the Maze … Read More

This Is the Real Situation of Life in Winter in Hida Region, Japan

It’s February and Japan is in end of winter nationwide. The spring will come soon but Japan has lots of snow most in February. It snows much in my place, Hida region, which is known as a heavy snow area in Japan. You will get to know how hard it is on this post. Lowest temperature is -12 degrees or less If you live in Southeast Asia or South America, you don’t believe it do you? However, it’s real. Not every day and it depends but I actually checked the thermometer showed “-12℃”. I spent most of my life in Tokyo, so you know it’s hard for me to live … Read More

10 Best Tourist Spots to Visit and See in Takayama, Hida Region

The northern part of Gifu prefecture is called Hida region composed of Takayama, Shirakawago and Gero Hot Spring. In the idyllic Hida region surrounded by the nature of the Japan’s Northern Alps, you can not only travel around classic sightseeing spots such as Takayama’s old townscape and Shirakawago, but visit the real-life locations of the movie, “Your Name”. I will introduce 10 tourist attractions in Hida region on this post. Old townscape in Takayama (Sanmachi Street) “Sanmachi Street”, which can be said to be the most popular sightseeing spot in Hida Takayama and it is a general term for the townscape in the center of Takayama city. About 12 minutes’ walk … Read More

Great Vacation Rental for Foreigners in Takayama

I had a hard insect bite on the top of foot and it was terrible. Maze is cooler than Tokyo a little so I don’t feel like actual summer: August. 『IORI SHIROYAMA』 8 minutes’ walk from the center of Takayama This July, I stayed at a vacation rental lodge in Takayama, which is an old folk house. As you may know about Takayama, it’s now famous even for foreigners. After 8 minutes’ walk from the main street, you can find a Japanese old house like below. The name is 『IORI SHIROYAMA』and it’s located on the top of hill. It used to be a vacation home of private company and now … Read More

Cooking Class for Foreign Tourists in Hida-Furukawa

I’ve joined in a cooking class for foreign tourists in Hida-Furukawa on this weekend. I’ll share the experience with you. Hida city is one of the stage of 『Your Name』 Hida-Furukawa is well known for where 『Your Name』 took place, which was a big hit in Japan. This is the first visit for me. It took about 90 minutes from Maze (15 minutes from Takayama by train). I really enjoyed the drive to Hida-Furukawa since it was far from traffic jam. It seems so retro-inspired and there is the city office nearby the station. Hida city is as large as Gero city (my current place) but the population is 24,000, … Read More

E-Bike Tour with Super Friendly UK Guests and Happy Coincidence!

This time, E-bike tour with UK guests. I would like to share not only the tour but the amazing coincidence happening afterwards. They are from Southampton but the big sister living in Japan as a TV caster booked our bike tour since her brother wants to see more rural area with his girlfriend. They stayed at Takayama and took train for 40 minutes to join in the tour fortunately. From the first sight at the station, I guessed they would be so friendly and humorous guys. Actually, that was true!  See it? As if they are not from UK! Maybe from US? haha. After some instructions, we started the tour as … Read More

Bike around with US Family to See the Life in Rural Japan

Today, I gonna share another memory with you. A customized e-bike tour with US family. They are from San Francisco and it is the first time for sons to come to Japan. That is why dad want them to see various parts of Japan, then picked Maze as the rural part. They stayed at Maruhachi Ryokan for 2 nights and joined in the e-bike tour on the 2nd day. Basically, our e-bike tour starts from the station but this time from the ryokan. It was the first trial tour actually. It took 4.5 hours and what we did is like below. Cycle around the rural village Visit a small shrine … Read More